Nia Richards is the founder and director of Tybed. She has 13 years experience working in secondary schools and further education in North Yorkshire and Wales, as well as being a visiting specialist to primary schools. Her teaching practice was graded as 'excellent' and as a department and subject lead she reformed programmes to improve learner engagement and outcomes.
In 2015, Nia became the Regional Lead for a Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales national creative learning programme. She supported over 150 primary, secondary and special schools, and their teachers, to enter the programme, explore creative teaching and learning approaches and transform their practice. The programme was a test-bed for creativity across the curriculum and innovative pedagogy within Curriculum for Wales. She also initiated and developed partnerships; designing bespoke professional learning opportunities with Early Years Wales and the National Academy for Educational Leadership.
She was awarded a distinction for her M.A in Practitioner Research; her research on dialogic feedback instigated her passion for democratic education and action research and she is keen to help teachers bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Nia is a fellow of the RSA (The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and, a member and coordinator for IPDA (the International Professional Development Association).
Nia is also a member of the Senedd's cross-party group for Intergenerational Solidarity and a volunteer with Anglesey and Gwynedd's Youth Justice team.
A Welsh word meaning 'I wonder or What if?'
This word isn't just our name, it sums up our values - we can only help you to be curious, creative, think critically and collaborate if we are willing to model these dispositions ourselves. That's why we regularly leave room in our day for asking 'Tybed'.